The Udhampur district is located in the Shivalik range of Himalayas and the terrain is mostly mountainous. The upper reaches of district experience snowfall in the winter season. Udhampur city is located at 32.93°N 75.13°E in a relatively flatter part of the district.
Udhampur is named after Raja Udham Singh, the eldest son of Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of Dogra rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
The town is said to have been built in place of dense forest where Udham Singh occasionally went on hunting trips till he developed great love for the spot and choose it as site for township.
The town is famous for its bowlies, scenic beauty, pure dogra culture, historical places and monuments.